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tr.v. en·chased, en·chas·ing, en·chas·es
1. To set (a gem, for example).
2. To set with or as if with gems: enchase a brooch.
3. To decorate or ornament by inlaying or engraving.
[Middle English, to engrave, from Old French enchasser, to set gems : en-, in; see en-1 + chasse, case (from Latin capsa, box).]
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(tr) a less common word for chase13
[C15: from Old French enchasser to enclose, set, from en-1 + casse case2]
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v.t. -chased, -chas•ing.
1. to place (gems) in an ornamental setting.
2. to decorate with inlay, embossing, or engraving.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French enchasser to case in]
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Past participle: enchased
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